HEMET, Calif. – A sheriff's helicopter patrol guided Riverside deputies to a $150 million marijuana garden in remote hills south of Hemet.
An encampment was first spotted in the trees Monday, then the helicopter crew noticed the pot growing in the hills around Sage, in the Red Mountain region east of Temecula.
Sheriff Sgt. Mark Sedgwick says the marijuana was in various stages of growth and a substantial amount of the pot was ready for distribution.
There are no arrests.
Last week, the U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino County narcotics officers seized an estimated $35 million in marijuana plants and arrested seven people east of the Big Bear Lake.